Re: Forthcoming OA Developments in France

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 23:45:05 +0100

On Mon, 26 Jun 2006, Rick Anderson wrote:

>> SH:
>> CNRS is mistaken in its worry that CNRS researchers would resist a
>> self-archiving mandate: Multiple author surveys -- international
>> and multisciplinary -- as well as repeated experience with actual
>> mandates have shown that there will be very high rates of compliance.
> While author surveys may certainly be suggestive of future behavior, I'm
> not sure they can be said to "show" what such behavior will be. Ask
> authors whether they'll obey a mandate, and I imagine that few will say
> no. Whether they'll really do so when the times comes, I think, remains
> an open question.

You're right that self-report surveys do not necessarily translate into
actual behaviour. But in fact the institutions that have gone ahead
and mandated self-archiving -- notably CERN, Southampton, Queensland
University of Technology and University of Minho -- have all confirmed
the high rate of compliance the surveys predicted.

See the growth rates in
plus Arthur Sale's comparative studies, plus Joanne Yeoman's
CERN data (the latter two posted in AmSci, qv).

Compare also NIH's deposit rate (requested, 4%) with the Wellcome Trust's

> "Experience with actual mandates" is a different matter entirely, of
> course. Has that experience been formally documented, Stevan, and if
> so, can you provide references to the documentation? (You've probably
> already cited them in previous postings, but for those of us who may not
> have read those postings in their entirety...)

See above.

> It would also be interesting to see the results of the author surveys to
> which you refer. I assume that they're publicly available online
> somewhere?

Yes; the most recent replication was Heather Morrison's posting of the
Canadian replication (see AmSci again). There is also Chawki Hajjem's
Quebec survey (in French, alas):

I think Jennifer de Beer did a replication too. And Swan & Brown
themselves did an independent replication. There may well be others.
(Alma may know, and if so will no doubt post.)

(To retrieve postings in amsci, just do a google query with
keywords and amsci.)

Cheers, Stevan
Received on Mon Jun 26 2006 - 23:52:08 BST

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